Recently, I have been feeling very sentimental about having another little one in the family. It's just that after almost 3 years of having Hunter exclusively, it's hard to imagine our family any other way. I know the minute that Baby Blake arrives, I will not be able to imagine it any way without him. I know ultimately this is one of the greatest gifts that we can give Hunter and Blake- the gift of having a sibling and on top of that, a brother.
I hope that my boys will always be close. I know reality will stand true- there will be sibling rivalry, they will have to "duke it out" over some things, they will irritate, frustrate and exasperate each other. But over all of those typical sibling moments, I hope that they will develop a love for each other that reaches no bounds. I hope they will love doing things together, that they would have great experiences that will create lasting memories, that they learn to value family and faith and grow to be men that are not afraid to lead.
I've been reading and re-reading Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip. It's very convicting about the impact of our parenting and how truly eternal my perspective should be in regards to the daily ins and outs of life. It has made me realize that our approach to this tremendous task of parenting these boys is to stay immersed in the Scripture. It's overwhelming, convicting and humbling all at the same time.
This ended up being more deep than I intended... so, on my sentimental note, here is a look back at Hunter at 9 months,
at 21 months...
and at 2 1/2 plus a couple of months.